Curious About Hosting a Twitter Chat?
In this post I will be discussing the almighty Twitter chat and why you should consider hosting one for yourself! This post will include information for both newbies and certified experts! Whilst my personal examples will relate closely to blogging (coz that’s my gig yo) the concept of a Twitter chat can be utilized in many fields.
If you are new to the concept of Twitter chats, I would suggest first participating in some preexisting chats occurring in your industry. This way you can get a feel for how they work…and also have a lot of fun whilst learning of course!!
My previous post includes suggestions of blogging communities that have scheduled Twitter chats.
So what is a Twitter Chat?
Twitter chats are prearranged conversations covering a certain topic. They tend to be curated by one account, following a set hashtag. Twitter users get involved in the chat reply and include the set hashtag in their answers.
Why look at Hosting a Twitter Chat?
Twitter chats are excellent for boosting not just your own visibility but everyone who gets involved. All aboard the Twitter train woo woo! You get to know your tribe better and can start a group conversation about a subject your audience wants to engage with. Basically everyone grows and gains more exposure together!
How did this Nobody get Lucky Enough to Host a Twitter Chat?
Brief Aside – *Expresses extreme gratitude for such an awesome and welcoming blogger community.*
So it was a quiet Saturday night and I commenced the Twitter feed scrolling process! Lo and behold I see this:
I hesitated before responding because I got “the fear.”
“Will I be good enough?”
“What if it goes wrong?”
“They probably won’t want me even if I ask.”
But before I knew it, I had typed my reply, and waited for the “thanks but no thanks” response. But instead I was welcomed in by #BloggerLoveShare – THANK YOU!
Replying to that initial Tweet = Best. Decision. Evur. So a quick mini lesson within the lesson… Don’t let the fear hold you back. You can do it!
Choosing a Twitter Chat Topic
So after the initial yaaay I got accepted feeling…I realized I had some work to do! It was quite late at night, the Twitter chat was the next day; and I didn’t even have a topic of conversation.
All of a sudden I received a call from my Sister – she was walking back from an event alone in the dark – So happy I was awake to accept that call and make sure she was safe! To take her mind off the walking alone in the dark thing, I told her about what had happened.
I needed something that would make all bloggers from every niche feel connected.
I said I was contemplating Self Care / Self Love because I had recently written a post about it, so it was fresh in my mind. Also I am a big fan of #SelfCareSunday and thought it would be great to include that in the discussion / encourage self care practices! My Sister agreed, she also mentioned about beating the Monday blues. Which I loved! I think that “erg Monday tomorrow feeling” is pretty relatable to most!
How to Construct a Twitter Chat
I manage A LOT of Social Media – not just my own. Across all of this Social Media activity I am extremely passionate about engaging with people as opposed to just Tweeting / posting at them incessantly. So my first thought was working out how I could engage in the chat AND curate it…
Enter my love and light Señor TWEETDECK! If you’re not aware of Tweetdeck it is a free scheduling tool specifically for Twitter. In my humble opinion it is well worth exploring. Although Tweetdeck is available on mobile, I personally find it easier to use when accessed via a desktop/laptop.
If you want to know a little more about how I use Tweetdeck for other businesses, I have covered it in my previous post. You may find some more useful social media related information within the post too!
I looked at my time constraints. I had an hour to fill between 7-8pm. To me it made sense to have a question go “live” every 15 minutes totaling 4 questions. Hopefully this would provide everyone enough time to engage with each question but not allow the conversation to go stale!
The schedule I followed was:
- 7pm – Welcome/Introduce the Subject/First question
- 7.15pm – Second Question
- 7.30pm – Third Question
- 7.45pm – Fourth and Final Question
- 8pm – Thanking Everyone for joining
If you have never used Tweetdeck before follow these steps:
- Log into your Twitter account through your chosen browser.
- Open a separate tab to access Tweetdeck – it will automatically link to your Twitter.
- The scheduling section is on the left hand side when you first login in (see below).
Here is a section of what my Tweetdeck looked like:
I also chose to include some graphics in my scheduled tweets. From research done for “work” social media, I know that tweets with images tend to experience more engagement!
By 8am on the Sunday morning my Tweets had been scheduled! Just in case of technical issues I saved the questions in the correct format on to a separate word document. I also saved the images into a folder dedicated to this Twitter chat and named them “image for question1” etc. By doing this I could respond quickly and still make sure the questions went live.
Luckily my Tweetdeck played ball! Phew! This meant that I could get involved, read and respond to replies and be a good host!
Hosting a Twitter Chat was such a fun experience. I really would encourage you to reach out to these awesome Twitter communities on the off chance that they could do with a night off from hosting! I can’t imagine how time consuming it must be to run these awesome platforms that bloggers appreciate so much. Oh yeah and make sure you invite me through Twitter because I’d love to be there to support you!
I do have another exciting Twitter Chat Hosting experience occurring in the not too distant future so I encourage you to keep your eyes open! I’d love to see you there (:
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